The New York City (NYC) is the most populous and densely populated city in the U.S. The city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan. These five boroughs were consolidated into a single city in year 1898. Each of these boroughs is an individual county of the state of New York.
With approximately 800 languages are spoken, New York is also the most linguistically diverse city in the world. The city is also known for its bridges, parks and skyscrapers. New York is home to the two largest stock exchanges of the world (the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ). New York is the foremost financial center and economically powerful city of the world.
Despite all these power and glamour, many of the industries and buildings in the New York City have a history of extensive asbestos exposure.
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New York City and Asbestos Exposure
New York has long been a vital hub for industrial and transportation activity. The New York harbor is one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Since 1900, the linkage of the harbor to railroads and canals makes the city an important gateway for international trade. The facilities of the port include dockyards, wharves, repair shops, passenger terminals and shipyards. Most of them were constructed in the early 19th century and asbestos was a highly used building material.
HW Jones Co, the predecessor to the Denver (CO)-based insulation manufacturer Johns Manville, was initially a New York manufacturer of roof tiles. HW Jones Co mined large quantities of asbestos and prospered remarkably when the use of the mineral was adopted by other businesses.
9/11 WTC Attack and Asbestos Exposure
On 11th September, 2001, large amounts of hazardous asbestos fibers (together with several other toxins) were released into the air after the collapse of the World Trade Center. The WTC was constructed in the 1960s when asbestos was an extensively used insulation material. Though the upper floors were free of asbestos, forty lower floors of the towers had plenty of asbestos. Many cases of diseases linked to asbestos exposure have been reported already in the area.
New York Industries Known to Have Asbestos Problems
New York is primarily known for its vital roles in mass media and finance. However, its economy is also driven by a flourishing industrial sector. There are more than 10,000 industrial businesses in the 5-borough area with nearly 233000 associated jobs. The products manufactured by these industries include chemicals, garments, furniture, processed foods, and metals. Asbestos was extensively used by the most industries in the United States until the 1980s. So New York industries also relied on asbestos heavily. As a result, the city became one of the major focal points of mesothelioma and asbestos problems that surfaced in the second half of the twentieth century.
Due to large-scale asbestos use during the city’s modernization and the substantial naval buildup because of the Second World War, many residents and workers were repeatedly exposed to asbestos dust and fibers during their job. The workers who are at an increased risk of contracting asbestos diseases include: shipfitters; power plant workers; Pipelayers; shipyard workers; electricians; metal factory workers; steel mill workers; railroad workers; and officers and sailors in military and civilian vessels.
Burnham Holdings was a boilermaker firm established in 1905. It later started manufacturing HVAC products and became the parent firm of 13 subsidiaries. In the past few years, many workers have filed asbestos lawsuits against Burnham over claims that they developed injuries including cancer due to their daily exposure at the facilities owned by the company.
The products manufactured by Burnham include: boilers; fire-retardant bricks; insulation; pipe insulation; and gaskets.
Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY)
Brooklyn Navy Yard is one of the jobsites where workers were exposed to asbestos. It repaired ships throughout the Second World War. BNY closed down after a fire swept through the yard in the 1960s. Before closing, numerous people had been exposed to large amounts of asbestos while working at the yard. Many former workers have already developed diseases including mesothelioma.
Nassau Coliseum, which is situated in Long Island, also was built in a time when asbestos was a widely used construction material. The coliseum has asbestos in its pipes, tiles, flooring and many other parts. It has never been renovated or undergone asbestos abatement. Nearly 75 Nassau employees filed a suit in 2012 over allegations that asbestos present inside the coliseum makes it a harmful workplace. Subsequently, the NY Department of Labor made an investigation into the allegations. The investigators reported that Nassau was safe. However, tests confirmed that hazardous asbestos was present in the seating, all through the hallways, and on the catwalk.
Since 1972, more than 1000 individuals have been employed at the coliseum. Unfortunately, these employees are at an increased risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease.
Other NYC Buildings and Businesses with Asbestos Problem
Schools and Hospitals
Andrew Jackson HS
Bellevue Hospital Center (now known as NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue)
Beth Israel Hospital
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Coney Island Hospital
Columbia College of Columbia University
Cornell Medical College
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Harlem Hospital Center
Manhattan Day School (MDS)
NY Presbyterian Hospital
Saint Barnabas Hospital
Saint Luke’s Hospital
Saint Mark’s Hospital
Saint Vincent’s Hospital
Chemical Construction Corp
Hedden Construction Co
Lord Construction Co
O’Rourke Engineering & Construction Co
Oxnard Construction Co
Sigmund Sommer Construction
- River Electric Light & Power Co
Queens Borough Gas & Electric Co
Trinidad Electric Co
United Electric Light & Power Co
Western Electric Co
Westinghouse Electric International Co
The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
Martha Washington Hotel
St. Regis Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton New York
The Dakota cooperative apartment
Additional Buildings and Companies
American Stock Exchange
American Agricultural Chemical Co
American Axe & Tool Co
Anderson Bath Bldg
Armstrong Contracting and Supply Corp
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co
Baker Smith & Co
Bankers Trust Co Bldg
Barrett Manufacturing Co
Beardslee Nickel & Manufacturing Co
Beckett & Mcdowell Manufacturing Co
Bordens Condensed Milk Co
Carbondale Machine Co
Caronet Phosphate Co
- L. & W. Railroad Co
FM Schaeffer Brewing Co
Fajardo Sugar Co
Fleischmann Manufacturing Co
Medical Assistance in New York City
Albert Einstein Cancer Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University
Jack & Pearl Resnick Campus
1300 Morris Park Ave
Bronx, New York-10461
New York University Langone Medical Center
550 First Ave
New York, NY-10016
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Ave
New York, NY-10065
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Care Center
701 W 168th St.
New York, NY-10032
NY Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center
622 W 168th St
New York, NY-10032